Chronic anxiety, stress and overthinking definitely affects the skin. Emotional stress can lead to various skin disorders like psoriasis, alopecia, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, pruritus, etc.
Most dermatological conditions are usually psychosomatic in nature that tend to develop over time due to mental stress. Stress causes inflammatory changes in your body which flare-up on the skin and results in skin disorders.
Suppresses the Immune System
You tend to fall sick every time you are stressed or anxious. This is due to the release of cortisol in your body brought on by stress leading to a weak immune system. When your body’s immunity is down and suppressed, it becomes more prone and vulnerable to infections.
Increases Risk of Cancer
Overthinking often leads to stress and the continuous release of cortisol. This, in turn, impairs your immune response and makes you prone to develop certain cancers.
How Can You Tackle Your Overthinking Problem?
Putting an end to the constant second-guessing and replaying is easier said than done. But the key is to look out for signs of overthinking and identify the problem. Once you accept that you are an overthinker, all you need to do is consciously make an effort to not overthink.
Here are three ways to limit your negative thinking patterns and stop overthinking every time.
1. Be Conscious About Your Overthinking State
Awareness is the first step to stop your overthinking habit. Be more conscious about the way you think. Some signs of overthinking include replaying all events in your mind over and over again or worrying about things that are out of your control. Acknowledge and tell yourself, these thoughts aren’t productive and will do more harm than good for you.